Fried Dough (Elephant Ears)

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 2 hrs

There are a lot of names for these. They call them Elephant Ears in Portland, OR. The toppings our family loves are butter, cinnamon, powdered sugar & lemon juice, mini chocolate chips, honey, and berries. Let me know what your family likes to top these with.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add to the bowl of a bread maker and set on the dough cycle. Or, mix vigorously in a large mixing bowl and let rise until double in bulk.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Punch down and knead.
  3. Roll out to about 1/8 inch thick.
  4. Cut into strips 2 ½ inches wide and cut the strips into squares. Or just grab some dough and streach it into the shape of an elephants ear.
  5. Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  6. Using a large fry pan, fill with about three inches of cooking oil. Heat until the temperature of the oil is 360 degrees. If the fat is too cool, the dough will absorb the oil and if the fat is too hot, the dough will brown before it is cooked in the middle.
  7. Lower the dough gently into the cooking oil, two or three pieces at a time. When brown on one side, turn and brown on the other side. Lift from the cooking oil with a fork or tongs and drain on paper towels.
  8. Brush the fried dough with melted butter and sprinkle with powdered or cinnamon sugar.
Most Helpful

Had to add a little more flour and discovered the end product was much better after the dough was refrigerated over night. The outside had a thin crispy layer just like the elephant ears at the fair after being refrigerated. I also used peanut oil, much tastier.

T C. September 29, 2013

Great recipe!! I love them with just cinnamon and sugar, but they are awesome topped with Apple or Cherry Pie Filling, too!

m11andrade August 25, 2009

Delicious!! These were a lot easier to make than I thought they would be. I warmed the milk and water and sprinkled the yeast on it in the mixing bowl and let the yeast dissolve for a few minutes. Then added the rest of the ingredients and mixed at medium speed for a couple of minutes until the dough was really smooth.

swanddwarfs August 07, 2009